A faithful person will be richly blessed,
but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.
A characteristic of human nature is the uncontrollable desire to accumulate property and wealth. What seems to have begun as a simple but necessary self-preservation instinct, storing supplies for the days of scarcity, is uncontrollably unleashed in a compulsion for the accumulation of wealth, which goes beyond what we really need to live a comfortable and secure life. The prevailing economic style of our consumer society takes full advantage of this weakness of character and we get bombarded with advertising and promotion of lifestyles that only a few can achieve and maintain. Competitiveness, which has also been instilled from our earliest infancy is combined with this merciless advertisement attack to make us bend our knees before the despicable idol of money . Every way we look at it we lose because our own forces are nothing compared with the strength of the message that the world uses to control our lives.
The Lord Jesus warned us: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” The apostle Paul complemented: “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” The times of shortage we have been given are not for us to endeavor to leave them but to learn “what it is to be in need, and to know what it is to have plenty. To learn the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” These things also happen to us so that Christ’s power is perfected in our weakness. Let us, then, be forever grateful for the circumstances we have to live, for God has everything under his perfect control and everything that happens to us is for our own good. Only to God be the glory!
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Whenever God slew them, they would seek him;
they eagerly turned to him again.
They remembered that God was their Rock,
that God Most High was their Redeemer.
One characteristic of human behavior is its fickleness. We are too changeable. Our attention shifts focus at all times and we rarely concentrate on one idea. Our thoughts have no reins and we can hardly control them. In everything we act like that. If we want something, we insist and insist until finally we get it and then we put it away because something else has caught our interest. This fickleness applies in any aspect of our lives and is a serious weakness of character. Even with God we act like that. We cry out to God for a solution or something that we need and when God gives us what we are asking for we praise him. But this gratefulness is short-lived because once the need is gone we forget how it was that we reached peace. We forget that God is our savior and our provider and we return to our empty routines that bring us no benefit.
To bring us back to the way of righteousness God allows new situations which require us to raise our eyes to him and ask again for his help to once again give continuity to the vicious circle of need, pray, receive, appreciate and forget. Let us draw near to God with faith and ask for wisdom considering what James, the brother of the Lord Jesus tells us in his letter: “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” The apostle Paul said:” You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” The key is to stay in obedience considering everything from the perspective of faith with perseverance. Only then will we walk straight in the path of justice. Only to God be the glory!